Monday, July 20, 2009

Somewhere in Between~


       I'm on an airplane, circling, circling, circling; the repetitiveness of the movement, mind-numbing.  The plane never seems to be going anywhere.  I peer out the thick window, and as if I'm looking through the long lens of a telescope, I see a woman below on planet Earth.  She is busy going about her day, doing laundry, cleaning house, checking email, running errands.  She laughs, she cries, she's bored, she's excited.  All human emotions are observed as I watch her.  She seems quite happy, and appears to have all she could ever want, and more.  As I'm about to look away, something catches my attention.  I see a dreamy, faraway look in her eyes that I hadn't noticed before.  I wonder…what is she thinking? Why the absentminded smile on her face?  With one last look, I'm startled with recognition…it's me!  It's a dream. I'm on the plane, and on the earth at the same time.  Three hundred and fifty days a year, I feel like I'm aboard a plane, circling over my life, in a holding pattern.   It's not that my life is uneventful, or unimportant, but sometimes the predictability of it, lacks a sense of wonder and surprise.  No matter how hard I try, I cannot recapture the patina, the stunning beauty, the graceful elegance, of a city I love far, far away.  As the last page is torn out of my date book, it's September again.  At just the right moment, the plane banks gradually into a turn, flying through a puffy cloud.  I look over at my seatmate, the love of my life.  We smile and clink our glasses of French champagne together.  Finally, the plane is heading east, to the city we love, to the city we've been aching to return to…Paris, France.



       


11 comments:

Bonjour Madame said...

I can tell I'm going to love reading your blog. I've only been to Paris once but it changed my life. I miss it so much I ache sometimes. I know that sounds silly but it's true. I look forward to your future posts!

Teri said...

I totally understand what you mean...about Paris.
I'm just learning how to follow blogs, and comment. I've been following yours for awhile, but you didn't know that, did you?
Thanks for commenting. You are my first one!!!

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Bonjour Teri,
Ruth sent me over. Anything to do with France, I love! Nice to meet you.
Bonsoir
~Tracie

*The Beautiful Life* said...

Hey no fair! I sent a comment and I don't see it!! :)

(Funny how competitive we ladies can be, huh?)

Well, here is another comment ... ;)

Ruth

Laura said...

Bonjour! I, too have had just one trip to Paris....to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary....it was the most amazing and romantic week of my life....I can't wait to read more of your blog and to get to know you better! Welcome to blogland....I hope that you find this fascinating community as welcoming and friendly as I have....I am certain you will!
Take care, Laura

Laura said...

Hi again Teri,
I just read your profile....AFTER I left my comment....can it be that we both had our first trip to Paris to celebrate our 25th anniversaries!!....and that it was life changing? Wow....we have a lot to share!

Nice and Easy Antiques said...

We visited Paris a few years back and loved it! To be totally honest, Europe in general, changed my life. Somehow, someday, my family and I will spend a LOT of time there!

Teri said...

Okay...I'm blown away that anyone has read this blog...thanks to Ruth!
I am just learning about comments and stuff, so it took me awhile to figure out where to find them so I can accept them. I think I may have even lost one:(
Thank you everyone!

More to come...

Andrea - Faded Plains said...

Ruth sent me here...and I'm so happy she did. My husband and I went a couple years ago...on an whim...and completely fell in love with it.

kath@retromantic antiques said...

How lovely...what a wonderful place you took me to for a couple of minutes. Welcome to blogland. k

Jim said...

Love your blog

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